Dear Cubicle Coach:
I lent my boss $80 in cash for a last-minute gift. A week later, she hasn't repaid me. I make one-fifth her salary, but I don't want to nag her.
Dear Strapped for Cash:
Chances are it just slipped her mind (bosses often live in a world of their own, starring themselves, directed by themselves, produced by themselves). How about, "This is embarrassing, but my cable bill is due and I'm a little strapped this month, but that $80 I lent you for Dana's waffle iron would just about cover it. When you get a chance."